Illustrating the Tropical Pencil Set with Jacqueline Colley

I was so excited to hear from Derwent with a request to illustrate a Tropical themed pencil set as I love Jungle habitats; the patterned leaves, tropical orchids and colourful birds!

I chose to illustrate tropical orchids and passion flowers as well as some colourful parakeets to take advantage of the colour palette and especially the Bright Orange, Ultramarine (blue) and Grey Green which I blended together on the Parakeets!

There is a huge array of greens in this palette so I took advantage of those when illustrating the patterned leaves, which is one of my favourite things to draw.

I began by drawing out a colour palette using all the colours and then as I drew I experimented with layering colours especially the greens in the leaves, I also used the pencils with different firmness to create shading and texture in the leaves.

A section of the final illustration became a line drawing which has been turned into 5 labels that come with the set and can be coloured in!
















Derwent’s NEW Tropical Colouring Set is available to buy at

The set includes 12 pencils (6 Procolour Pencils, 5 Coloursoft Pencils and 1 Artists Pencil) and 5 gift tags designed by Jacqueline Colley that can be coloured in and used.


  1. I saw this kit in John Lewis and was very tempted. I however have the full set of Procolour along with a few Coloursoft. I wonder if the tags will become available by themselves to purchase?

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